Every Tuesday and 1st Saturday of the month at The Rusty Nail.
Bring your instruments and ears. We'll do the rest.
The Cape Fear Blues Jam
Each Tuesday @ 8 p.m.
1st Saturday @ 8 p.m.
The Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.
Wilmington, NC / 910-251-1888
|Travelin’ Blues: Wilmington, NC & the Cape Fear Blues Jam
I don’t know about you, but when I hear there’s a blues jam in a bar directly across the street from the International
Longshoreman’s Association Hall, I’m interested. The mystery, intrigue, and adventure of checking out a location
like that tends to be overwhelming.
The Rusty Nail at 1310 S. 5th Street in Wilmington, NC is such a place. The Cape Fear Blues Jam (sponsored by
the Cape Fear Blues Society) happens on Tuesday nights at 8pm and typically goes until midnight. It is run by a
real nice guy named Pete Durso. You can check out all the statistics at www.capefearblues.org and click on the
blues jam page. Pete runs the jam with military precision (“Musicians for set three please report to the stage”), but
the atmosphere is perfectly casual. Everyone is there to have a good time and listen to some great music. Last
time I was there, I was the only harp player! A dream destination for a harmonica stylist, if there ever was one.
Let me also reiterate the fact that everyone I’ve ever met there is as nice as they can be, and they are all easily
engaged in conversations about all things musical. Next time your travel plans include eastern North Carolina,
schedule a stop at The Rusty Nail (910-251-1888).
Keep the Blues Alive!
Jack Campbell / The Natchel Blues Network / www.natchelblues.org
(Many thanks to Jack Campbell for his talented harp work and unsolicited commentary.)
A Little Bit Of Memphis And A Whole 'Lotta Chicago...
Like a fine wine that grows more dignified and sought-after with age, the Cape Fear
Blues Jam has become a true, live music gem among Wilmington blues artists and
listeners. Even more impressive are the real numbers that reflect the popularity and high
profile that this weekly event has reached: As of January 1, 2012 over 50,000 people
have passed through the doors of the Rusty Nail Saloon to be a part of this musical
institution. That's more than its earliest years combined and certainly mirrors the
openness, accessibility and welcome atmosphere that the Cape Fear Blues Society has
infused into the Jam since ratcheting-up the quality of its equipment, structure and
schedule in 1996.
The Cape Fear Blues Jam occupied a number of class establishments prior to the Rusty
Nail. Without exception, Rockit's Sports Bar had the best stage in town, the River Club
was a cavernous blues performance hall, while the Icehouse provided the occasional
outdoor gig. These and other venues played an important role in the development and
aura that the Jam now enjoys, but the Nail adds another dimension that overwhelms you
the moment you step inside: blues atmosphere. Period. The low-slung ceiling, late-50's
linoleum and rotating, vinyl-clad barstools conjure up another world where jukin' was
king, Muddy Waters ruled, and all the ladies wore wig hats on their heads. It's a little bit
of Memphis and a whole 'lotta Chicago. Toss in a couple of billiard tables, some cold
beer, top-shelf spirits, walls of memorabilia, a stage full of talented blues players in front
of an eager audience and you've got a rollicking Wilmington blues bar that can claim
Tuesday nights (and the 1st Saturday of each month) all for itself. Life is good.
Another unique aspect that sets the Cape Fear Blues Jam apart from any other jam
you've ever visited is the equipment. The CFBS owns every bit of it and continuously
maintains and updates it for the convenience of our musicians and the enjoyment of our
audience. We proudly use Fender Hot Rod & Peavey Delta Blues amps, PDP/DW drums,
Sabian cymbals, a complete Peavey bass rig, Shure mics and a full-bore, professional P.A.
system operated by a qualified soundman who doubles as the evening's jam master.
We've perfected a system that allows all musicians who attend our Jam an opportunity to
play: we limit all sets to 3 songs or 20 minutes, whichever comes first. And although we
don't have any blues police to interfere, we do insist that everybody plays the blues.
Whether it's West coast jump, Delta stomp, Detroit soul, Piedmont finger-pickin' or
South-side jukin', we welcome all of it at the Cape Fear Blues Jam.
New Hot Spots For The Blues...
|The popularity and consistent quality of the Cape Fear Blues Jam has not gone unnoticed. In
recent months, other local establishments have opened their doors to live blues jams, and more
venues are seeking out the valued services of the Cape Fear Blues Society.
Visit this page often to learn more about other Cape Fear Blues Jam venues!
If you have questions, concerns or comments you can email our primary jam master & soundman Pete
Durso by clicking here. Lan Nichols also leads many of the jams and you can email him here.
The Cape Fear Blues Jam is owned and operated by the Cape Fear Blues Society and sponsored in
cooperation with the local venues that host these important blues events.
|(c) 2008 Cape Fear Blues Society
Cape Fear Blues Society
Producing, promoting, and presenting blues music throughout the Cape Fear region of North Carolina.
We fondly salute our good friend, JOHN KORELL. A talented
musician, exceptional producer, and an extraordinary human
being. He proudly supported the CFBS, performed often at
the Cape Fear Blues Jam, and was a regular participant at the
Cape Fear Blues Festival. His contributions to our local music
community will always be remembered - and we shall never
forget his good deeds and kind heart.